The Events of December 2
The sequence of events the culminated in Woody's death were often misreported, at least in some details, in the media. Perhaps this reflects the difficulty people have in accepting that a person, having neither harmed nor threatened anyone, could be be brutally killed by the authorities. In fact the events unfolded as followed:
- Woody entered the church at the beginning of the scheduled service quietly, took the podium, and proceeded to read a statement describing who he was and why he was there.
- Woody went on to relate his fears that government authorities would torture and kill him if they apprehended him.
- He requested that the congregation grant him sanctuary or political asylum to protect him from said authorities.
- After the children were removed, and after many of the parishioners left, Woody removed a pocket knife from his pocket, pointed it at his face, and threatened to harm himself if his witnesses continued to leave.
- Several parishioners attempted to calm Woody. One told Woody he was scaring people, to which Woody responded by apologizing and putting away the knife. Another took a seat next to Woody and started placing calls on a cell phone to numbers Woody had given him.
- The three police officers entered the room. Meanwhile Woody jumped up and backed away from the officers, the knife again pointed at his face.
- Officer Parker 'negotiated' with Woody by ordering him to drop the knife several times.
- Officers Parker and Holbrook fired seven shots at Woody.
- The officers handcuffed Woody's arms behind his back, both of which had been shot.
- Woody bled uncontrollably for perhaps 15 minutes while the officers refused to remove the handcuffs so a physician could access his abdominal wounds.
- Woody remained in an ambulance for around 22 minutes before being admitted to the emergency room of the hospital 7 minutes away.